Islamic Game Competition - YOUR Entries!

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Just before Ramadan, Buzz Ideazz held an Islamic Game Competition!

Alhamd the entries were amazing – here they are below! Some you can simply download, print and play. Others can hopefully motivate you and your children to make something similar 🙂

  • Suraiya Abbas Rajabali (8 years old): Fishing for Letters

  • Tathir Abbas Rajabali (11 years old): Guess the Star

  • Raahil Hassan Alarakhia (8 years old): Staffs and Snakes

  • Rayyaan Fatemah Alarakhia: Route of Imam Hussain (as) and Bibi Zainab (as)

  • Ruqayyah Zahra Alarakhia (4 years old): Roots of Religion

  • Fatema Ali: Spot The Hidden Clues

Taqwa Escape Room

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I’m super super excited to be sharing this! The wonderful Kisa Kids (kisakids.org) and Camp Noor (camp-noor.org) created a fantabulous Escape Room on Taqwa. I used their detailed notes to put it together for my kids (aged 12 and 14 years) – and they had a blast!

Here is the link with all the different printouts, set up info and guidelines you will need. The escape room has SO many different aspects to it – from cryptographs, to decoders, to invisible ink and spot the differences! I needed to purchase a few small items to set it up, such as an invisible ink pen and a plain puzzle, but otherwise managed to source most things from around the house.

Here are a few pics from our adventures!

 

 

Islamic Game Competition!

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So one of the things we have been trying to do to help during these times is to create a database of Islamic games for you and your families to be able to print and play from home! With this blessing of free time, why not get your children’s creative juices going and invite them to create their own game?! Any and all ideas welcome!

Look forward to the entries, Inshallah!

FAQ’s on the Competition:

Q: What type of game does it have to be? E.g. Board game,
Computer game, or a Talk game?
A: It can be any sort of game – but ideally should be one that can be played by others also. So if you choose board game, then ideally it would be a printable board that somebody else can also print and use.

Q: Is it open to people in the UK only?
A: Nope! Anyone, anywhere in the world can enter!

Q: Will you be using the submitted game ideas to create games which you sell through Buzz Ideazz?
A: No! Many months ago, a group of us were inspired to create printable games for people to be able to use from their own homes, wherever they were in the world. This just grew in importance massively with the situation we are currently in, and so we have upped the tempo and been busy trying to create and collate a wide variety of games for people to use, especially over the month of Ramadan. The games you send in will Inshallah be added to this database – with full credit going to you and yours!

Here are a collection of the games we have uploaded so far – check them out!

https://www.buzzideazz.com/shop/

COVID-19 - How to HELP OTHERS with your children at home

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In dark times, our instinct is always to ‘look for the helpers’ (Fred Rogers). An even stronger instinct, is to actually BE a helper. Personally, this is frustrating me right now as we have been told to do the opposite in many ways. We have been told to take our children and stay at home and do nothing, for our safety and that of others.  And yet my heart yearns to the doctors, nurses, cleaners, supermarket stockers and sellers who are on the front line, so to speak. I have no such qualifications, and even if I did, what would I do with my kids?

So that got me thinking… what exactly CAN I do with my kids? I asked them too and together, we came up with quite a few ideas, so I thought I would share these, in case it is helpful to anyone else:

  • DO stay at home:

Time and time again, we have been told to do this. While we may remain asymptomatic or suffer only mildly, we can still carry it to others who are more vulnerable and this may only have an effect weeks after. So cancel your play dates, don’t be tempted to ‘make the most’ of this time off, and Stay. At. Home.

  • Pray:

We all know the power of dua, and dua done by innocent hearts will Inshallah be heard and answered quickly! Age dependent, you can ask your children to recite 5 salawats, pray and extra 2 rakat salaat for hajaat, recite a tasbeeh of Ammayujeebul, or the short dua no 7 in Saheefe Sajjadiya (When Misfortune Descended and at the Time of Distress). Find something that works for you and your family and do it daily, Inshallah.

  • Give charity:

Many of us are supremely fortunate in where we live, the resources we have to stay occupied, and the healthcare system around us. There are millions of others – refugees, those in countries of povery, poor healthcare systems, war-torn countries – who do not have this soft landing to rely on. Many charities are now collecting to help support such people – discuss this with your children (age dependent), and encourage them to give from their own money that they may have. It does not have to be much, but every little helps.

Here are two reputable charities raising for this cause:

www.justgiving.com/coronavirus

http://www.noororphansfund.org/covid-19/

  • Paint something heartwarming and place it on your window/outside:

Many reports from Italy have emerged of people painting these rainbows with the words “Everything will be all right” and then hanging these off balconies and windows. Such a wonderful way to lift the spirits of those who still have to be outside and out and about!

And how about painting inspirational messages on rocks and leaving them outside for people to find?

(Rocks painted by Sarah Rosser – FB)

Or draw fun, inspirational messages on the pavement?

  • Reach out to your neighbours:

Many of us aren’t able to travel far to help people, but what about those in our locality? We may know our neighbours and have a WhatsApp group with them (and if we don’t, then what better time to make one?!), and so we can ask if any on there need any food/groceries, etc.

Becky Wass created this form to hand out to neighbours around her, offering help where needed. These cards can be a good way of getting some exercise in with the kids, and you can select what you can offer in terms of help to make it manageable. Here is the printable pdf: bit.ly/viralkindness

  • Uplift and interact with people around you – from a distance:

Although we may have to stay within our own spaces, there are many ways to interact with others around us. There have been numerous uplifting examples of neighbours in Italy and Spain (who are in lockdown) singing and playing music together from their balconies, doing exercise together and even playing tennis from windows! Necessity is the mother of invention – plant the idea in your children and see what emerges?!

  • Send care packages to hospitals:

A nurse friend suggested this, saying how overwhelmed, overworked and underappreciated they often felt, and how they would love to receive some support. So get baking with your kids (healthy yummy treats would be very appreciated I’m sure!), and drop them off to a hospital with some home-made cards (maybe with some poems that the children have written?) and let’s try and send them love and support in this way!

  • Donate to food banks:

With most religious organisations turning to live streaming, many of the popular sources of food donations to food banks have therefore been shut. One of our neighbours offered to collect food bank items from our street and go once a week to donate them to a food bank, and I thought it was such a lovely idea! So why not have a basket of donations that kids gather over the week, which you can then drop off?

  • Send cards to elderly:

As we all know, the group most vulnerable are the elderly. This means that visits to them – whether in their homes or in nursing homes – have been cut dramatically, probably adding more loneliness to their lives. One of the things we could do to help them know they are not alone and they are being thought of, is to send them cards.

Children can make and decorate these cards, write messages inside,, and then these can either be posted or popped into their letter boxes. Imagine their surprise at receiving these hand-made messages!

  • Facetime family and friends:

With the elderly that you know amongst family and friends, a great way to cheer spirits is to call regularly. I loved this idea of playing games with them online too – although there are plenty of online games to play together (like Psych), who’s to say you can’t play the traditional games like Scrabble?!

(Jennifer Williams Barnes – FB)

  • Adopt-a-Grandparent:

On a similar vein, check out this program to link the elderly with children to create lifelong friendships? Love the initiative – they are looking for both child volunteers (over 7) as well as elderly people who would love some company. Sign up on www.umojaoutreach.org/care

Islamic Rhymes for Little Ones!

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Here are some amazing rhymes talking about Allah and Islam, that have been set to common nursery rhyme tunes – enjoy singing these with your little ones!

P.S. If you have anymore to add to the list, please do send them in!

 

 

 

Inter-faith Dessert Bake Off

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The kids just took part in an inter-faith bake-off organised by three communities from different faiths… What a fabulous event! It wasn’t just for children – in fact the under twelves was just one category out of five!

Am sharing here because it was so good to see members of different faiths coming together to have fun, sit down and drink tea and eat together (Cake! Lots of it!). Wouldn’t it be great if such an event could be held in lots of other parts of the world too? It is so great for families to take part in together, and very much needed, especially in the current climate…

A big thanks to SICM (Mahfil Ali) for organising!

Sunnahs of Cooking

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I really liked this shortlist of things to do when cooking – imagine the impact of that food on our families!

Sharing as seen on someone’s timeline:

SUNNAHS OF COOKING

1. Have wudhu whilst cooking-a person in wudhu is safe from shaitaan, wudhu not only cleanses one externally but it purifies us internally as well by washing our sins off.
2. Have the intention of cooking food solely for the pleasure of Allah and not for people’s praises and compliments- doing so, the cooking will be counted as ibaadat and one will be getting rewards
3. Keep your hair covered- not only to save oneself from the embarrassment of having someone pull out a hair from the food but to keep the angels of mercy present too.
4. Say BISMILLAH when beginning- Allah will fill the food with barkat & noor.
5. Always check the things and be conscious of halal & haram- the one who consumes a single morsel of haram food, his ibadat of 40 days is not accepted
6. Do lots of dhikr & recite durood throughout- the love of Allah &
Prophet Muhammed صلى الله عليه وسلم will enter in the hearts of those who eat the food.
7. Have the pious people partake the food- the pious are the friends of Allah n their duas on your behalf can be readily accepted.
8. Do not waste anything, not even a few grains as Allah hates israaf and this causes reduction in the ni’aamat .
9. When eating any food that was liked by Prophet Muhammed صلى الله عليه وسلم e.g dates, meat, thareed, pumpkin, vinegar etc, make niyyat of sunnat and gain the numerous rewards of following sunnat.
10. Think of yourself & blessing of Allah and that He is the one who has given you the ability to cook and it is he who puts taste in the food.
11. Have your servants partake of the food too.
12. Say Alhamdulillah upon completing as Allah made you the reason of satiating hunger and your ability to do so was from Allah….

Make the whole process of cooking into Ibadah & gain rewards
إن شاء الله

Fath/Victory Wall

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Have you heard of a Victory wall? It is a space you dedicate to the little everyday victories a child makes – it can be especially useful when trying to work on something in particular, such as homework or manners.

Why not call it a Fath wall, and teach then the Arabic word for victory, as well as the name of a Sura! 🙂

Islamic alternative to the tooth fairy

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Someone’s son has lost their first tooth, and she was wondering if anyone has ever done anything for that as an alternative to the tooth fairy?

Here are some replies we got on Facebook!:

“Here’s what I think I’ll do with my son when he loses his first inshallah: Instead of putting the tooth under the pillow why not put it in a little bag. In it they could write down or get an adult to write one bad thing that they are going to let go of with the old tooth. They could address it to Imam e Zamana and together you cud put it in the sea or river. In an identical bag put something they would love like candy or money or anything else and put it under their pillow with a note saying that Allah is very pleased with them and the Imam sends his love and blessings for giving up the bad habit.”

“Here’s an idea of top of head: an activity to do around demonstrating death and life. Resurrection. And tying it in with the “waiting” period of change, a gap in the mouth which the old tooth left – which may be uncomfortable and even annoying and how change isn’t always an easy process. But With death change comes resurrection/ life and a new blessing – and a new tooth. Maybe even tying the whole thing with a story of Prophet Ibrahim as and him talking to Allah SWT re resurrection and the birds. And maybe a trip to a bird watching place. And then exploring how everything comes and returns to Allah and He is In Charge of everything. For the older kids – Why not throw in a cross section of the tooth and maybe a revision of the correct way to brush teeth. And when tooth grows back instil concept of Shukr and Hamd and its opposites and the repercussions of its opposite. And now how to look after the new amaanah etc. This sounds complicated but increase degree in exploring these concepts as more teeth fall out. Ultimately this is also preparing the kids for if someone passes away later in their lives – the conversation about human death would be easier as ground work is done. Also prep work for talking about Prophet Isa and Christmas, Easter, the cross, the resurrection but also what we believe regarding him. So in line with metaphor – Allah took the tooth but will return it end of time etc. Hope these ideas give fruit to more refined ones.”

“My husband and I would talk to our kids about the concept of a tooth fairy and how it does not exist but would also give them a gift to celebrate this milestone in their life – the falling off the first tooth.”

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